Nov. 6th, 2011

ahkna: ([sanc] helen reading)



BOOK: CATCHING FIRE BY SUZANNE COLLINS

I started this book on a trip during the summer, put it down and forgot about it. Not on purpose, just that I have a habit of losing books. I picked it up night before last and got just as addicted as I was the first time.

I found this novel quite similar to the first, following Katniss Everdeen and her lifestyle in the impoverished District 12 and her determination upon being forced into the Hunger Games yet again. The stakes were upped significantly in this one, in politics and in Katniss' emotions and I found that quite a good progression for the story.

I know that a lot of people don't like the third book but I'm going to try to keep an open mind because I found the first two quite fascinating. Katniss continued to be a pretty amazing protagonist and though I don't usually like first person perspective I liked following her thought progression, her reasons for doing things because of how unusually stoic she is outwardly.

So far this is one of my favourite young adult fantasy series. It's very gruesome, probably more gruesome than any book I've ever read, but I'm getting used to that in YA after reading Libba Bray's rotting fantasy world in her Gemma Doyle Trilogy and the macabre world where street kids shoot up faerie dust in Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales. I actually like it a lot in the genre.

4.5/5

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